So last night I went out with a couple of my girlfriends who I have known for almost 15 years.
Unfortunately between the craziness of life and the distance between us, it seems we don't get together nearly as often as we should. But we had so much fun catching up over dinner & some cocktails, and as we were reminiscing about old times it started turning into griping about new times.
Mainly, the fact that once you get to be around 30 years of age, your appearance really starts to change.
And... it can be a little disconcerting.
Some of it is the result of not realizing that when you're young & dumb, you will pay for it later.
Like baking in the sun all day without sunscreen.
Especially when you lived at the beach your whole life, and then went to college in Florida.
Stupid, stupid, STUPID.
Then again, other problems seem to crop up out of nowhere.
For instance, despite the beautiful weather outside, my friend observed that the three of us were all wearing cardigans - not because they're cute, but (as we all admitted) because showing the upper arm/back area has started to get downright dicey.
Not that any of us are overweight, it just seems like things that used to be tight are suddenly... er.... not-so-tight.
As my one friend put it, she woke up one day and noticed she had 'a couple of steaks' on either side of her back.
Now while that is definitely an exaggeration, I will say I know the feeling.
And the worst part is that it's only the beginning.
Something tells me these blondies probably aren't helping?
Good thing Mr. Vittles spared me the calories & single-handedly ate the entire pan.
- 1/2 C. Butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
- 1 C. brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1/2 + 1/3 C. all purpose flour
- 1/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 3 1-oz. semisweet chocolate squares, chopped (1/2 C.) or chocolate chunks
- 1 C. miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350F.
Beat together melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, mix well.
Combine flours, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter & sugar mixture on low, and with mixer running, add dry ingredients slowly. Mix just until no flour streaks remain. Add chocolate and marshmallows and mix to distribute evenly.
Press into a greased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish (dough will be pretty stiff). Bake 20-25 minutes, do not over bake (22 minutes was perfect for me). The blondies should be very soft when you take them out. Cool completely.
Recipe Adapted from Shove It In Your Face